Armstrong Visiting Nebraska

Read further to learn why this was an emotionally-satisfying weekend for Cibolo (Tx.) Steele QB Tommy Armstrong, who will take an official visit to Nebraska on Friday.

It's been a September to remember for Tommy Armstrong, the senior QB at Cibolo (Tx.) Steele. His team -- fresh off a 2010 Class 5A Division II state title -- has raced to another great start; the Knights are 3-0 after handing Kerrville Tivy its first loss of the year Friday night.

"We won last week's game, 38-26," said Armstrong, the nation's 25th-rated quarterback. "I was 7-for-10 passing with 135 yards and had 17 carries for 190 rushing yards. It was our first-ever win over Tivy. Coming into the game, they were 17-point favorites with a big-time offense that had been racking up points (Tivy was averaging 46 ppg). Our defense stepped up and only allowed 80-something rushing yards; they kept getting stops and then we kept scoring.

"The win opened up a lot of eyes. We've been focused on maturing and improving each week. After our tough win over (San Antonio) Madison in week one, we started dropping in the polls. We went from No. 1 to No. 5 and then dropped again after beating Round Rock."

The win over Tivy was a first in more ways than one for Armstrong.

"It was Senior Night and my mom visited from Mississippi," he said. "It was the first game that she's seen me play since I've been in high school. She told me she was proud of me. She was really surprised and didn't know what to say."

Armstrong has narrowed his choices to Southern Miss - near his mom - and Nebraska, where he'll visit this week.

"My dad and I are leaving for Nebraska around noon on Friday," said Armstrong, who has a Thursday game this week vs. (San Antonio) Southwest. "I basically want to see how everything is. Nebraska has a 2:30 P.M. game on Saturday, then I'm coming back to Texas on Sunday.

"I'm going into the visit with an open mind. If it happens (commitment), it happens. I'm going to talk with the players and coaches and if I like it, who knows what will happen? My mom is excited about my recruitment and will support me no matter what, as long as I come visit her. She wants what's best for me."

The program that lands Armstrong will be getting a certified leader.

"I'm taking my time with our season and working on improving the little things," he said. "I want to keep leading the team. I'm helping our running back, who is just a sophomore. He's filling some important shoes (of former five-star Steele RB Malcolm Brown, now at Texas)."

Just as some quarterback will have to fill some important shoes next year when Armstrong departs for the next level.

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